Thousands hit the pavement to stamp out depression - News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV.com

Thousands hit the pavement to stamp out depression

Posted: Updated:

By: Ashley Harding

aharding@klkntv.com

Thousands hit the capital city pavement today to wipe out depression. It was the second annual "Run to Overcome". It's all to raise awareness for mental health.

 1,200 runners, 1,200 pairs of shoes, and countless hopes for those struggling with depression. It's the second annual "Run to Overcome" and it's all in memory of Adam Zetterman. Zetterman was a young Lincoln nurse who took his life in 2010.

 "He suffered silently, and he didn't reach out to the ones he loved," said Adam's sister, Amy Olson.

Reaching out and getting help is the message these runners hope to convey. For Suzy Favor Hamilton, that message is personal. The 3 time Olympic runner lost her own brother to suicide in 1999. The following year at the 2000 games in Sydney, Hamilton fell on purpose when she realized she couldn't win. She says depression soon took over her life.

 "I also suffer from depression. I got to a point in my depression where I was contemplating taking my own life. So I know firsthand, I was able to reach out," said Hamilton.

The latest numbers show suicide is still one of the leading causes of death in America. Some say those numbers can go down if we work toward removing the stigma. For some, that process begins with finding the strength to ask for help.

"Talk to a counselor. Talk to a parent or find somebody safe. We can simply save lives just by communicating. If this race can save one life, what a difference we're making," said Hamilton.

The proceeds from today's race will go to mental health programs and education.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Multi-vehicle Crash at Highway 77 & Pioneers

    Multi-vehicle Crash at Highway 77 & Pioneers

    Multi-vehicle Crash at Highway 77 & Pioneers

    Multiple agencies are responding to a multi-vehicle crash at Highway 77 and Pioneers.

    More >>

    Multiple agencies are responding to a multi-vehicle crash at Highway 77 and Pioneers.

    More >>
  • Car Crash Kills 1 Motorcyclist This Morning

    UPDATE: Names released in fatal accident

    UPDATE: Names released in fatal accident

    Lincoln police say the driver of the motorcycle died just minutes after crashing with the jeep.  

    More >>

    Lincoln police say the driver of the motorcycle died just minutes after crashing with the jeep.  

    More >>
  • A tribute to Bill McArtor

    A ride to remember

    A ride to remember

    Less than 24 hours after a bike crash that claimed the life of Bill McArtor, family, friends and biker around Lincoln took to the road to pay tribute to a man that touched the lives of those around him. Father of two, the "fun uncle," the person who was there to play games with you. That's how Bill McArtor was remembered by family and friends. His niece, 19-year-old, Stephanie Wright, says "When I was little he lived with me and we played the Wii, every night together...

    More >>

    Less than 24 hours after a bike crash that claimed the life of Bill McArtor, family, friends and biker around Lincoln took to the road to pay tribute to a man that touched the lives of those around him. Father of two, the "fun uncle," the person who was there to play games with you. That's how Bill McArtor was remembered by family and friends. His niece, 19-year-old, Stephanie Wright, says "When I was little he lived with me and we played the Wii, every night together...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KLKN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.